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LEARNING IS FUN

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Historical Tour at Deep River

Groups May Choose Their Own Topic for Historical Tour Deep River County Park

Teachers and group leaders – More experiences you won’t want your students to miss

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays in May, September and October

$1 per student or adult with a $20 minimum fee. Grades 3 and up Reservation and $20 deposit must be received at least one week prior to the tour. 1 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on age Fee: T i m e : S t u d e n t s w i l l t o u r W o o d s H i s t o r i c G r i s t M i l l a n d l e a r n a b o u t t h e e a r l i e s t i n d u s t r y i n L a k e C o u n t y a n d w h y i t w a s i m p o r t a n t t o t h e e a r l y s e t t l e r s i n t h e a r e a . T h e y m a y a l s o p r e - s e l e c t o n e o f t h e f o l l o w i n g t o p i c s :

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Call the Lake County Parks Business Office at 219-769-PARK to make a reservation for your school class or home school group.

Buckley Homestead Corn Maze – Great for Groups

Make your way through a life- size puzzle of corn when 10 acres of cornfield are cut into a challenging maze. Each child receives a map and an answer sheet to assist in finding nearly 30 Buckley Challenge ques- tions. This is a great hands-on learning experience for chil- dren. With assistance, even young students can learn to fol- low the map and navigate the natural trails. The challenging and fun questions are placed throughout the maze so that part of the fun is finding the questions and figuring out the correct answers.

WEEKDAY CORN MAZE RESERVATIONS FOR GROUPS

Groups may reserve two hour time slots in the maze week- days September 8-October 23 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. A reservation to the corn maze may be made as its own adventure or added to the regular educational tour at the Buckley Homestead Historic Farm (separate fees required for each). See historic farm tour description else- where in the Pathfinder. Schedule the farm tour, have lunch at the park, and finish off your visit in the corn maze. Some groups may wish to visit the maze first and finish with the farm tour. For group reservations call 219-769-PARK M-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. There is a 25-person minimum and 200 person maximum for corn maze reservations. A $50 deposit is required at the time of reservation. The balance is paid at the park. A refund is provided only if the park department cancels the program due to weather conditions.

Admission: $5 per person $4 for children ages 5-12 Free for children under age five

Information for Leaders: Bus parking is in the lot just south of the corn maze. Shelters for lunch are located adjacent to the parking lot. Please be prepared for rainy weather. Remember, too, that it gets warm in the maze. Although water is available, you may ask your students to bring a water bottle. Sun screen and hats are recommended. Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center near the parking lot. We recommend that there are enough chaperones to accompany groups of six to eight students. This number depends on the age of the students. After a brief introduc- tion to the corn maze, the students will enter the maze in groups and the fun begins.

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